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Lanovaz Earns All-Conference Honor; Rickman Surpasses 7,000 Points

Lanovaz Earns All-Conference Honor; Rickman Surpasses 7,000 Points

Rickman moves to No. 7 in school history for decathlon while Lanovaz takes 3rd in Big West Heptathlon Championship as Mustangs combine for 11 team points

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — Cal Poly sophomore Caice Lanovaz earned all-conference honors in the heptathlon at the Big West Championships on Saturday, and Mustang senior Jacob Rickman moved to No. 7 in school history for the decathlon, as their multi-event performances at CSUN opened the finals continuing next week.

Altogether for the meet, five Mustangs competing at Matador Track & Field Complex combined to post six lifetime-bests, one more collegiate PR, and 10 additional season-bests.

Lanovaz finished in third place, scoring 4,980 points (providing 6 team points to the Mustangs). Rickman came in fourth with a total of 7,070 points (garnering 5 early team points).

Beginning Saturday in fourth with a tally of precisely 3,000, Lanovaz started the second stanza with a fifth-place long-jump mark of 18' 3.25" before adding a 10th-place javelin throw of 90' 9".

She came into the finale, the 800m, in fifth on the leaderboard, 51 points back of fourth; 164 behind third. Thanks to a third-place time of 2:19.67, Lanovaz tallied 828 crucial points, overtaking UC Riverside's Dilini Amarasekara (2:29.50) and Hawaii's Calli Ann Abbott (2:43.96) to earn a trip to the medal stand.

In reaching the 7,000 plateau, Rickman moved up from No. 9 all-time at Cal Poly. While results were still being finalized nationally as of Saturday night, 7,070 ranked No. 16 regionally and No. 30 across the NCAA.

Rickman opened with a season-best 110m hurdles time of 15.27 seconds (good for fourth), then took second in the discus with a throw of 129' 8", and chalked up back-to-back lifetime-bests in the pole vault (12' 10.25") and javelin (a second-place 177' 5"). He closed with a 1,500m time of 5:00.61.

Rickman's javelin mark exceeded the conference-qualifying standard for the upcoming weekend by more than 13 feet.

Meanwhile Mustang junior Keana Viss also elevated up the heptathlon leaderboard, moving from 13th following the conclusion of Friday to 11th on Saturday, finishing with a score of 4,236 points. Viss started Day 2 long-jumping 15' 6" and then took sixth place in back-to-back events, throwing the javelin 97' 8" before clocking a 2:26.05 in the 800.

Cal Poly freshman Jason Lewis finished 13th at his conference championship debut, compiling a partial decathlon score (all except the pole vault) of 5,569. Lewis' Day 2 included four season-bests: 16.20 in the 110m hurdles, 85' 3" in the discus, 127' 6" for the javelin and 4:52.25 (fifth) in the 1,500m.

UCSB junior Hope Bender, the favorite coming in with a national ranking of No. 10, won the heptathlon title with 5,561 points, while UC Davis junior Kyle Clancy won the decathlon crown with 7,181.

The finals return to Northridge May 11-12, with the latter day televised by FOX Sports Prime Ticket.

Single-day tickets are $15 ($12 for youth, seniors & students), with two-day Championship Weekend tickets for $25.